Could a League of Legends team represent Great Britain in the eGames at Rio this summer?
We took to Twitter to ask UK pros and people in the scene what they thought of the UK Government backing an Olympics-style eSports tournament, and which players could potentially represent GB at League of Legends.
Specific games haven’t been confirmed just yet, but it’s rumoured that League of Legends and CSGO will be two of the games in the tournament.
Further details won’t be released until ‘April or May’, so in the meantime let’s speculate. Considering those under 18 won’t be able to participate, ruling out the likes of Banditos’ top-laner Alphari, here’s a team that could potentially work:
— Dominic Sacco (@Dom_Sacco) April 6, 2016
Here’s how the scene reacted to the news:
— Laurence Bowman (@YungLozza) April 6, 2016
— Luke Short (@SensesShorty) April 6, 2016
stop talking about uk scene in e-olympics they would struggle in the e-paralympics
— cody (@Coodywoo) April 6, 2016
This is what Team Vitality support and British pro KaSing had to say about the idea of playing in a Great Britain side with players from the ESL UK Premiership:
One last thing, Ed Vaizey took note after Team Paria’s support player Bartiono complained about eSports pros being called ‘e-gamers’ by the culture minister:
What do you think of the news? Who should be in the GB League of Legends team if one is formed?
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.